Several thousand apparel workers blocked the busy Dhaka-Aricha Highway for over four hours protesting at the death of a fellow worker while on duty at a factory at Ulail of Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, on Saturday.
Witnesses said that the agitated workers took to the street at about 4:00pm immediately after the death of Rashedul Islam, 28, an operator of HR Textile Mills Limited, a unit of Pride Group.
The workers said that the factory management forced Rashed to continue his production since morning even after he had informed them about his serious illness.
The workers alleged that factory production manager Nurunnabi rejected Rashedul’s application for leave and sent him to medical officer for treatment.
The medical officer according to the recommendation of the production manager gave few medicines neglecting proper treatment and suggested Rashedul to continue duty. The factory management even did not send him to hospital till his death in the afternoon, victim’s colleagues said.
Police officials said that the body was kept inside the factory as the fellow workers took to the street for their demands, including proper compensation for the victim, removal of the factory production manager and medical officer.
Dhaka Industrial Police director Sana Shaminur Rahman said that the situation came under control at about 8:30pm as the factory management paid Tk 8 lakh in compensation for the workers and assured of meeting other demands.
The body was sent to Ulipur in Kurigram with Rashedul’s family members. To avoid any untoward incident, additional police have been deployed, Sana said.
The workers of HR Textile first started demonstration and later workers from other nearby factories joined them.
The workers said that they would continue protests if the factory management betrayed them.
Witnesses said that the agitated workers vandalised a number of vehicles on the highway.
Thousands of commuters suffered for acute traffic congestions on the highway caused by the blockade.
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